Some Seriously Sweet Wedding DIY Inspiration

When faced with amazing wedding DIY, the bride-to-be who’s contemplating trying her own hand at wedding crafts can do one of two things. She can get totally intimidated, think to herself ‘I could never do that so why bother?’ and call in the pro most likely to do as their told. Or, she can look at those gorgeous invites or bouquets or whatever and say “Someone else managed it, so why can’t I?” I do hope all you gorgeous gals will walk away from today’s post giving yourselves the pep talk instead of an unpeptalk. Sure, for many wedding crafts there’s a learning curve, but all that means is that you need to give yourself plenty of time to practice!

My plan is to stay married to The Beard, but if I find myself sucked into some wacky time vortex that lands me back in time I hope I remember what I’m about to show you. Because just look at it:

DIY boutonniere groom groomsmen

Isn’t that just absolutely fabulous? The colors might not be your bag, but as non-floral boutonnieres for the groom and the grooms go, I think this might very well be my number one favorite. It was crafted by one Cindy Dyer, a fantastic graphic designer and photographer who also happens to be totally sweet, and I found it when her ‘how I did it’ post showed up my search results one day. I was floored (though the fact that the pic is kind of in-your-face pretty didn’t hurt!).

Cindy didn’t stick to DIY boutonnieres, however. On her wedding blog, you can see her beautiful reception tablescapes – I love the outdoor elements! – and she tells me that snaps of her handmade wedding programs and guests’ gifts will go up soon. You should definitely check all that out, but I couldn’t resist throwing together a little collage of the nest necklaces Cindy made for her bridesmaids, her flower girl basket, and her ring bearer pillow.

DIY wedding crafts

Consider me inspired – not intimidated – and I hope you’re feeling the same way!

8 Responses to “Some Seriously Sweet Wedding DIY Inspiration”

  1. Melissa says:

    Oh wow, I love the bird’s nest theme. So unique!

  2. Twistie says:

    You know, those wire and bead nests are stunning, but they don’t look difficult to do. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever been so taken with a ring bearer’s pillow before. It’s utterly charming.

  3. Kendall says:

    I really love the wire and bead nests ring bearer pillow and the blue bird egg necklace!

  4. Cindy Dyer says:

    Hi Christa,

    Thank you for your wonderful posting on my wedding crafts. That was a nice ending to my day! And thanks to Melissa, Twistie and Kendall for their comments, too. 🙂

    Twistie—you’re right—the bird nests were VERY easy to make. Click on the link Christa gave and you’ll be directed to the site where I learned how to do them. I don’t even think it took me more than 15 minutes each to make the nests! And I made more than I needed because they’re so addictive.

    I’ll have more photos of my different garden-themed tables, the wedding program, and my original photograph notecard party favors and other decor posted on the wedding blog by the end of next week. You can find them on that blog at

    Thanks again, Christa! I’m going to post about your post and lead visitors back to your site now!

  5. You’re very welcome, Cindy! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  6. Delilah H. says:

    OK so I am borderline obsessed with anything bird themed. I even had birds on my very own wedding invitations. I LOVE that boutonniere! I don’t think anything in the world would have convinced my husband to wear it though. LOL!

  7. Hershel Dyer says:

    A beautiful posting and a nice tribute to the bride. Her wedding in 2009 was a memorable event in a small Texas city, especially memorable for me as the father of the bride. I am also the king of Texas, and Cindy is one of my three princesses, the one that lives, loves and works in Virginia. I can truthfully say, with all seriousness aside, that my family is endowed with a tremendous amount of talent. However, there is a slight hitch—Cindy has it all!

    Her wedding was unusual, perhaps unique in some respects—the theme-decorated tables and the bowered setting, a pleasant grassy shaded area amid towering pecan trees with goats bleating in the background—yes, there was a small island in the backwaters of the Guadalupe River behind the wedding site. The island is occupied by a family of goats, and the goats refuse to leave, not even to forage among nearby resort homes. To vacate the island they would necessarily have to swim—that they refuse to do, and must be fed by property owners in the area. They seem to thrive there and are very vocal when people are around. Predictably they reproduce in order to maintain the strain. The population is fairly consistent because kids born on the island are usually adopted by homeowners or visitors, whether for pets or ingestion is unknown.

    As the father of the bride my contribution to the wedding was monetary and fiscal, and I am now operating under a budget deficit caused by that contribution. However, my major contribution to its success was the moment I took to the dance floor in response to the strains of music from Hollywood’s Saturday Night Fever, an unforgettable moment in my life and in the lives of those present—yep, I did it, and I have the photos to prove it—shades of John Travolta!

    Thanks for showcasing my daughter’s wedding. You have made my day and brightened hers.